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[PS3™ system] Updated 05/06/2013

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The following tutorials will help you connect the PlayStation 3 to your television. You can click below for an interactive walkthrough on connecting your PS3 to a TV or monitor. There is also a detailed guide below with text and diagrams to help get you set up.

PS3 "Out of the Box" Video Tutorial

Click to play video tutorial

Set up your PS3 in just a few steps:


1. Connect to a TV

Set up a TV as your video monitor for the PlayStation®3.

Video output on the PlayStation®3
The system can output two types of resolution: HD and SD. Check which video mode is supported in your TV's instruction manual.

HD and SD Table

Notes:

  1. This number indicates the number of scan lines. Note that "i" stands for "interlaced scan" (half the screen refreshes at a time) and "p" stands for "progressive scan" (whole screen refreshes). Using progressive scan results in high-quality video with minimal flickering.
  2. The video output setting on the system will display as "Standard (NTSC)".


Screens showing the difference in resolution

Differences in Resolution


Video output cables

The resolution varies depending on the TV's input connectors and the type of cable used. Select a cable to match your TV.

CABLE TYPE

SUPPORT VIDEO MODES*1

INPUT CONNECTOR ON THE TV


HDMI cable
(sold separately)
HDMI cable image

1080p / 1080i / 720p / 480p

HDMI IN Connector
HDMI connector image


Component AV cable
(sold separately)
Component cable image

1080p / 1080i / 720p / 480p / 480i*2

Component VIDEO IN Connector

Component connector


S VIDEO cable
(sold separately)
S-video cable image

480i*2

S VIDEO IN Connector

S-Video connector image


AV cable
(supplied)
AV cable image

480i*2

VIDEO IN connector
(composite)
Composite Video connector


Notes:

  1. Depending on the type of TV or content to be played, some video modes may not be supported. If a device that is not compatible with the HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) standard is connected to the system using an HDMI cable, video and/or audio cannot be output from the system. Copyright-protected Blu-ray video discs can only be output at 1080p using an HDMI cable connected to a device that is compatible with the HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) standard.
  2. The video output setting on the system will display as "Standard (NTSC)".



Connection Methods


You can connect to a TV using different types of cables.
Connecting using an HDMI cable
An HDMI cable (sold separately) can enable you to enjoy digital-quality video and audio with minimal loss of picture quality.

HDMI Cable

Connecting with other types of cables
Connect cables (other than the HDMI cable) to the AV MULTI OUT connector on the system.

Other Cables

Caution

  • Do not plug the AC power cord for the system into an electrical outlet until you have made all other connections.
  • The socket-outlet shall be installed near the equipment and shall be easily accessible.

2. Connect Digital Audio Devices


Optional, only if you have a home theater or surround sound system.

Connect audio devices that support digital audio output, such as an AV receiver for home entertainment use.

Hint: Go to Settings icon (Settings) > Sound Settings icon (Sound Settings) >"Audio Output Settings" to adjust settings for the audio device.

Connecting with an optical cable
The audio will be output from the optical cable. The picture will be output from the video output cable.

Optical Cable

Connecting with an HDMI cable
Both audio and video will be output from the HDMI cable. You can output the TV picture via an audio device.

HDMI audio

Hints

  • If your TV is not equipped with an HDMI input connector, use a video output cable of the correct type for your TV to connect it to the PlayStation®3 system directly.
  • If a device is connected to the PlayStation®3 system via an HDMI cable, do not turn off the device while the system is turned on (power indicator is lit green). Doing so may cause sound distortions or produce abnormal sounds.

Audio output on the PlayStation®3 system
The supported channels may vary depending on the output connector used.

System Output Table

NOTES:

  1. Audio from a Super Audio CD cannot be output from the digital out (optical) connector. Multi-channel content from Super Audio CDs can only be output from the HDMI OUT connector.
  2. A device compatible with Linear PCM 7.1 Ch. is required to output 7.1 Ch. audio from the HDMI OUT connector.
  3. With system software version 2.30 or greater, DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio output is now supported.

3. Connect the Ethernet Cable


Optional, only if you have a wired Internet connection.

Using an Ethernet cable, connect the system to the internet. If you have a wireless Internet connection, you do not need to connect the Ethernet cable. See Setting Up Your Internet Connection for further instructions.

Caution

The system supports 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX and 1000BASE-T networks. Do not connect a standard telephone line or other types of cords or cables that are not compatible with the system, as this may cause heat build-up, fire or malfunction.

Ethernet Connection

Hint: If using a PS3 that is equipped with the wireless LAN feature, you can connect to the Internet without using an Ethernet cable. See the PlayStation®3 System Software User's Guide for wireless internet connection settings.

4. Connect the AC Power Cord

Connect the AC power cord to your PlayStation®3.

Caution

  • Do not plug the AC power cord for the system into an electrical outlet until you have made all other connections.
  • The socket-outlet shall be installed near the equipment and shall be easily accessible.

Connecting the AC power cord

5. Set up the system software

See Initial System Software Setup for instructions.

6. Installation steps for specific cables